Sunday was a bright and sunny day. I walked into my home in the middle of it and, the closer I got to the living room, the more I realized that it was time to take down the insulating curtains I used this past winter.
You see, insulating curtains are (usually) also room darkening curtains. So, in the middle of one of the most beautiful days of the summer, I could barely see the furniture.
The crafter in me wants to make new curtains. Something light and airy. Probably white with some embellishment. My "summer curtains" - as I've begun to call them - are firmly visualized in my mind.
As the self-proclaimed Queen of Sewing Squares, curtains fall right into my purview. Unfortunately, ease of creation isn't what's stopping me. It's the cost.
We are are all painfully aware how much cheaper it is to buy a knitted sweater than to make one. But we knit away because we can customize our knits six ways to Sunday. The problem with sewing a square is that, the only thing to customize is the fabric choice. And the fabric is the expensive part.
On a recent trip to Joann Fabrics with Cassandra, I found this:
So, I went and looked at cheaper fabric. I found this:
I went home and measured. If I use a 54" wide fabric, I'll need ten yards to cover two windows. Which means that, even at $9 a yard, I'm spending nearly $100 in fabric.
Here's what I can get if I want to buy "off the rack" -
For $120 (plus tax and shipping) I can have these ready-made sheers from Pottery Barn
|No sewing necessary|
Oh, the dilemma.